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This is probably ancient news to some of you, but James Gosling, in 1990
"For a standard to be usefully formed, the technology needs to be understood:
technological interest needs to be waning. But if political interest in a standard
becomes too large, the various parties have too much at stake in their own vested
interest to be flexible enough to accommodate the unified view that a standard
The sad truth about the computer industry these days [!] is that it is this last
case that is dominating a broad range of standards activities. Standards are
regularly created and adopted before anyone has performed the experiments necessary
to determine if they are sensible. Even worse, standards are getting accepted
before they are even written, which is a truly ridiculous situation.
The result of this is a tremendous disservice to both users and consumers of
technology. Users get poor quality technology, and because of the standards
process, they're stuck with it."